Your body has a fantastic ability to heal itself from several ailments, including painful conditions. Back, neck and joint pain; musculoskeletal disorders – all respond well to natural therapies like platelet-rich plasma, or PRP. This comes from a concentrate made from your own blood.
Platelets are the part of blood that heals wounds. The most obvious example is the scab they help form when you cut yourself. What many people don’t realize is that platelets also rally to heal internal injuries such as torn ligaments, arthritic joints, plantar fasciitis, damaged cartilage, neuropathy, and disc and bone issues.
Platelet-rich plasma is, therefore, a way to jumpstart the body’s own healing properties. It does this by infusing the injured area with platelet reinforcements that act right away. The injected platelets also spur the body’s stem cells to regenerate damaged, degraded, or missing tissue. This speeds up the body’s ability to self-heal.
How does PRP work?
The process for creating PRP injections is relatively simple for an experienced healthcare provider. A sample of your blood is drawn and placed in a machine called a centrifuge. It spins at a high rate of speed to separate the blood parts: platelets, red cells, and white cells, along with the medium in which they live, called plasma.
The platelets are isolated, mixed with plasma, and injected directly into the injured site. Many people need only a session or two to see results, but this depends entirely on how severe your case is.
Platelet-rich plasma therapy can also be used to regrow hair and reverse the signs of aging in the face (the so-called Vampire Facial). More discoveries are constantly emerging over the horizon for PRP uses.
Advantages of PRP injections
Many people think of surgery first to fix pain conditions. PRP helps many people put off or forego operations and the downtime, painful recuperation, and infection risks that come with it. Platelet-rich plasma directly pinpoints your painful areas and bathes them with all-natural healing agents.
Targeted regenerative medicine treatments may be a better option than medications, which affect your entire body and come with the risk of side-effects. Instead of relying on addictive opiate drugs to dull the pain, many people are finding lasting, natural relief from therapies like PRP injections. They offer patients fast relief with little to no downtime, almost zero risks of infection or rejection by the body, and a chance to use your body’s own healing properties.
Could PRP work for you? The only way to know for sure is to discuss it with a qualified healthcare provider. We invite you to call our office, talk to our experienced doctors and learn about our regenerative medicine options for pain relief.